Gifts for Grandsons
When there are birthdays or other celebrations, like Christmas, it is not uncommon for us to have some boxes wrapped with birthday or Christmas wrapping. Inside those boxes you won’t find socks or underwear. Colorful plastic is the main ingredient. Also included are instructions, as there is some assembly required. Our grandsons like Legos. Legos without assembly are just sharp objects to step on in bare feet. They are hard to see. But assembled, Legos are amazing.
One of our grandsons has taken an interest in cooking and baking. On Friday he came over for a day of doing that with Cindie. But first they finished an apron that George requested. Cindie made the apron and George helped decorate it. Then they settled on making a cherry pie, at my suggestion. Some assembly is required. The pie they made was amazing. My parents were even more amazing.
Sunday Morning Rain or Shine or Snow or
My parents were consistent people. I could count on some things that were going to happen. For example, I knew we would have food on the table on the weekends and on the weekdays. We assembled to eat together. I knew my clothes would be cleaned. I knew that my father would go to work and that he would take time to have fun with his children. I also knew that we would be driving somewhere on Sunday morning. As a child, we drove to the Bible Baptist Church of Naperville, Illinois. We went there to assemble.
As an adult I have been to many different churches at different times in our lives. My wife and I don’t like to change from one church to another, because we have become members of a church with a covenant. The other members are really a big reason we enter into the covenant. They are, in a very real and biblical sense, brothers and sisters. However, there are many other reasons Cindie and I engage in assembly. I like the way H.B. Charles describes twenty-five reasons to assemble.
One primary reason is found in Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
I appreciate this pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He wrote an excellent reminder of at least twenty-five other reasons I want to be with my brothers and sisters this morning. Perhaps you will also be reminded, encouraged, or even challenged to be with other followers of Jesus this Sunday morning.
Assembly Required: 25 Reasons to Regularly Participate in Public and Corporate Worship
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.